Philippine basketball

Ramon Ang, Manny Pangilinan meet as Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup preps rev up

Delfin Dioquino, Waylon Galvez
Ramon Ang, Manny Pangilinan meet as Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup preps rev up

MOGULS. Ramon Ang and Manny Pangilinan shake hands after a rare meeting. Also in the meeting were (from left) SBP president Al Panlilio, SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, and PBA chairman Ricky Vargas.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

Basketball patrons Ramon Ang and Manny Pangilinan discuss the formation of Gilas Pilipinas for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, among other topics

MANILA, Philippines – Two of the biggest sports patrons in the country have joined forces as the clock winds down on the Philippines’ hosting of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang met with Metro Pacific Investments Corporation president Manny Pangilinan on Monday, June 13, to discuss the formation of Gilas Pilipinas for the quadrennial showpiece, among other topics.

Also present in the closed-door meeting held at the SMC office in Mandaluyong were Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, and PBA chairman Ricky Vargas.

Expectations are high for Gilas Pilipinas as it looks to bounce back from its dreadful campaign in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, where it lost all of its five games and finished dead last among 32 participating nations.

National head coach Chot Reyes previously said the “best team” for the upcoming World Cup will inevitably include players from the PBA, and most likely, they will come from teams owned by Ang and Pangilinan.

San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra, and Magnolia belong to SMC, while TNT, Meralco, and NLEX play under the MVP group.

The World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Japan and Indonesia, will come off the wraps in August next year. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.